THE MISERABLE run continues for Old Leamingtonians after they tasted their 13th consecutive win in Midlands 2 West (South).
OL’S travelled to Sutton Coldfield on Saturday looking to turn what has been a disappointing season around.
But that proved not to be the case as they came away from Spartans on the back of a 36-10 defeat which leaves them four points adrift at the foot of the table.
The visitors started brightly as they played up the slope in the opening period but it was the hosts who went ahead when Mike Bennett sneaked in for a touchdown which was well converted by fly half Tom Hardy.
OL’s came back at their opponents and a period of pressure in the home 22 followed by it came with no reward before played was halted for ten minutes because Centre Hemming sustained a nasty jaw injury.
The loss of Hemming was a huge blow for OL’s and Spartans were able to strike again with Matt Southam crossing wide on the right and once again Hardy added the extra points for 14-0 at the break.
After the re-start OL’s managed to get their first points on the board when a penalty kick to touch led to captain Tom Heaslop scoring on the left but the resultant conversion was missed.
Any chance of a comeback ended swiftly however as moments later the 14-point advantage was opened up again thanks to Spartans’s third try of the match but this time the conversion attempt was missed.
The game had taken its toll on the visitors and skipper Heaslop was yellow-carded and while they never gave up Spartans were able to used their forward power to drive to the line and score through Adam Bennett.
The kick was missed but the score had been stretched and bonus point for the hosts had been secured.
From the re-start Spartan pressure was relentless a fifth try followed thanks to Matt Southam who scored wide out on the right and the successful conversion made it 31-5.
OL’s showed they were still a threat and a moment of magic saw scrum half Toby Lord produce some good handling to cross over and score a second try of the match for the visitors which was unconverted.
But it was the Spartans who had the final say with one more try lat on to make it 36-10.
OL’s have a week off before they take on Old Yardleians on February 21.